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1.1 – Introduction + Objectives

  Welcome to the Live Lingua Spanish Podcast! This unit is made up of 15 episodes that take from 1 to 5 minutes. That way, you can go back and review the parts that you’ve missed without having to go through a whole 45-minute class. The goal of Unit 1 of the Live Lingua Spanish […] Read more

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1.2 – A Conversation To Introduce Yourself & Others

    Conversations — the vehicle of language. Being able to properly introduce yourself is akin to hopping into the vehicle. This audio and text guide will show you how to do just that. This is a conversation between Ms. Laura Ramirez and her husband, Ray, who is an American that speaks a little bit […] Read more

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1.3 – Language + Cultural Notes

  Cultural and Language Notes: In this m-episode we’re going to go over some basic language and cultural notes for the Spanish language. When you’re learning another language, one of the most important things to understand is that it’s not just about learning the words and vocabulary. I know this from personal experience when I […] Read more

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1.4 – How To Say Good Morning, Good Afternoon, and Good Evening

  ¡Buenos días! In this episode, we’re going to learn how to say Good Morning (hint: we just did!), Good Afternoon, and Good Evening in Spanish. In order to say “Good Morning,” you’d say: Buenos Días In order to say “Good Afternoon,” you’d say: Buenas Tardes In order to say “Good Evening,” you’d say: Buenas […] Read more

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1.5 – Honorifics in Spanish

  I’ll be honest — when I started learning Spanish, I didn’t actually know what an honorific was. It wasn’t until I started learning another language that I actually learned that that was the word we use for titles — such as Mrs., Mr., and Dr. In this exercise we’re going to learn some of […] Read more

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1.6 – Combining Greetings and Honorifics

  What we’re going to do in this section is bring it all together! We’re going to combine what you’ve learned in the past few episodes about greetings and honorifics. Let’s practice a little bit. When you hear a phrase in Spanish, we want you to translate it into English. Say it out loud if […] Read more

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1.7 – On The Fly: Practicing Greetings & Honorifics

  In this episode, we’re going to practice everything that you’ve learned in the past episodes. We’re going to do this by giving you the time of day and the subject of the conversation. Perhaps “married female” or “Dr. Ramirez.” From that, we’re going to ask you to come up with the correct greeting for […] Read more

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1.8 – Introducing Yourself & Others

  Now that you’ve learned how to say good morning, good afternoon, and good evening in Spanish, as well as addressing the people you’re talking to, let’s move on to the next step: How to introduce yourself! When you introduce yourself, the only phrase you really need to know is “Yo soy” – “I am.” […] Read more

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1.9 – Asking People How They Are Doing

  In this section, we’re going to learn how to say “How are you?” in different circumstances. Now, this might sound simple — but in Spanish, we have both formal and informal, and to add a spin in there, it’s even more complicated when talking to a group of people. Asking “How are you guys?” […] Read more

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1.10 – Vocabulary – Family Members

  For better or worse, we may actually have to introduce members of our family to the people we meet in Latin America or in Spain — this may be more embarrassing for some than for others! Here at Live Lingua, we’re going to teach you the basic vocabularly words you need to do so. […] Read more

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1.11 – How To Introduce Your Family Members

  Let’s practice introducing others.  To introduce others we will use the phrase ‘le presento’ which means ‘may I introduce you to’.  This is followed by ‘a mi’ if you are introducing a family member, since you are implying a relationship to you.  Example:  Le presento a mi esposo -> May I introduce you to […] Read more

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1.12 – Bring It All Together

  Let’s bring together everything you’ve learned in Unit 1 of the Live Lingua Spanish Podcast. You learned how to say “Good Morning,” “Good Afternoon,” “Good Evening.” You also learned people’s titles, and how to introduce the people in your family. Now, we’re going to give you a few phrases — in English — combing […] Read more

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1.13 – Conversation: Introduce Yourself and Others

  This is a review to help you review what we’ve learned so far in Unit 1 of the Live Lingua Spanish Podcast. If you’ve listed to all of them and practices the exercises, you should be able to get through every word of it now – even if you weren’t able to when you […] Read more

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1.14 – Visualization Practice

  One of the best ways to learn anything is to visualize it. This is why you see boxers doing a visualization of their practice and shadowboxing. We’re going to try the equivalent in language learning. We’re going to give you three scenarios. Close your eyes (as long as you’re not driving, of course) and […] Read more

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1.15 – Unit 1 Review

  Congratulations! You have made it to the end of Module 1 of the Spanish Lingua podcast, brought to you by Live Lingua.  You should now be able to: Greet others Respond to others when they greet you Introduce yourself and others with you Respond when others introduce themselves to you. If you are not […] Read more

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2.1 – Objectives: Talking About Where You Live

  Welcome to Unit 2! In this unit, we’re going to teach you how to talk about where you live. When you meet new people, one of the first things you usually want to know is where they live. They want to know the same about you! So that’s what we’re going to talk about […] Read more

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2.2 – Basic Conversation in Spanish

In this episode, we take a look at a basic conversation in which two people discuss a location. That location is Boston, where a Mr. Michael Smith is from. Mr. Smith has recently moved to Mexico. Don’t worry if you don’t understand it yet — by the end of this unit, you’ll understand everything in […] Read more

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2.3 – Language and Cultural Notes

In this episode, we talk about the language and cultural notes that came up in the conversation you heard in the previous episode. To understand a conversation in Spanish, you need to understand not only the language but also the culture. Pay close attention here because otherwise, you may make a fool of yourself when […] Read more

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2.4 – Asking “How Long Have You Lived In ___?”

If you want to ask how long someone has lived in a particular place, it’s actually pretty easy. All you have to do is say the phrase, “Cuanto tiempo ha vivido en . . . ” and put the location at the end of the sentence. This is a great way to find out how […] Read more

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2.5 – Numbers In Spanish

Learning numbers in Spanish is probably one of the most valuable things you can do. This is true whether you’re just visiting a country and want to negotiate, or whether you’re planning on living there long-term. In this episode we’re going to learn the numbers 1 through 10. These are generally the numbers you will […] Read more

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2.6 – Days, Weeks, and Months in Spanish

Let’s not confuse you — we’re not actually diving into how to say the days, weeks, and months in Spanish in this episode. We’ll get into that in later episodes. What we’re actually going to do is learn how to say the word “day(s),” week(s),” and month(s),” and similar terms in Spanish. This is really […] Read more

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2.7 – Telling People How Long You Have Lived Somewhere

Now, we’re going to put together everything you’ve learned in the past three episodes. You’ll learn how to tell people how long you’ve lived in a certain place. The first time through, we’re going to say certain sentences in Spanish. See if you can figure out how long that person has lived somewhere. The second […] Read more

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2.8 – On The Fly: How Long Have You Lived In Mexico?

Let’s check to make sure you have grasped what we’ve learned in this unit so far. In this episode, we’ll see how well you can answer questions about how long you’ve lived somewhere — on the fly! We’ll provide a time frame — say, four months — and you add “He vivido in Mexico” in […] Read more

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2.9 – Pulling It All Together: How Long Have You Lived In . . .

Let’s bring together everything we’ve learned in Unit 2 of the Live Lingua Spanish Podcast so far. Say the following English phrases in Spanish (If you’re not able to say one of them, review the previous episodes to brush up on what you’ve missed.) The first time through, we’ll only say the English version, followed […] Read more

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2.10 – Asking Do You Like . . .

When asking if someone likes a country they are in, the way you ask varies slightly depending on whether you are asking an individual or a group of people. For an individual, you say, “Le gusta . . .” This means “Do you like.” For a group, you would say, “Les gusta . . . […] Read more

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2.11 – Answering “Do You Like . . .”

In the previous episode, we went over asking whether you like a place or not. In this episode, we’re answering that question. When you answer whether you like a place or not, there are of course two ways to respond — yes or no. Depending on your answer, the form you use will be a […] Read more

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2.12 – Bringing it Together: Ask + Answer “Do You Like”

Now let’s combine everything you’ve learned in Unit 2 of the Live Lingua Spanish Podcast up to this point. We’re going to say some phrases using the material you’ve learned in the last few episodes. The first time, we’ll only say it in English to see if you can answer in Spanish yourself. The second […] Read more

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2.13 – The Weather In Spanish

I know — this is the epitome of small talk. When you meet somebody, you’re probably going to talk about the weather. Whether you like it or not, it’s something that is going to come up. Especially if you’re going someplace new — you want to know what the weather is like. Is it hot? […] Read more

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2.14 – Make It A Statement or a Question in Spanish

To ask somebody about whether it is hot or cold in a certain place you use the same phrase as you would if you were simply telling them the information.  So the quetion becomes how to know the difference. The difference between the answer and the question actually depends on the inflection on the last […] Read more

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2.15 – Answer, “How Is The Weather In . . .”

Now let’s say you’ve met somebody and they want to know how the weather is where you come from. Let’s practice giving that answer. In these exercises, we’re going to ask you the question in Spanish and then tell you the answer you should give. Here’s some examples: ¿Hace calor en San Francisco? You would […] Read more

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2.16 – Bring It Together

Using what you learned in the previous exercises in this unit to translate the following English phrases into Spanish. By the end of this, you should be able to answer a basic question about the weather in the place where you are from. If you have any trouble, repeat the previous episodes as necessary. Let’s […] Read more

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2.17 – Ask, “Where Are You From” Formal vs Informal

Let’s practice asking where people are from.  There are three ways to ask this in Latin America.  There are two ways to ask an individual — a formal and informal way. For somebody you know well you would ask:“¿De donde eres?” For somebody you don’t know well you would ask: “¿De donde es?” If you […] Read more

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2.18 – Answer “Where Are You From” vs “Where Are You All From”

Let us practice answering the question where are you from.  Like most things in Spanish the phrase you would do to answer depends on whether you are answering for yourself or a group. If you are answering just for yourself you would say:“Soy de” If you are answering for a group you would say: “Somos […] Read more

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2.19 – Bring It All Together – Talking About Where You Live

Now we’re going to bring together what you’ve learned in the last few episodes to talk about where you live. Using what you learned in this unit translate the following English sentences. Just like in the last unit, we’re only going to give you the English sentences the first time through. Try to say the […] Read more

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2.20 — Conversation About Where You Live

Let’s listen again to the first conversation you heard in Unit 2. You should now be able to understand all of it. If there are any parts you don’t understand, just go back to the episodes in this unit to review, and then come back here and try again! Laura Ramirez:  ¿De donde es?Michael Smith: […] Read more

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2.21 – Visualization Practice

This will be a visualization practice covering everything you’ve learned in Unit 2. Imagine you are in these three scenarios and try to picture in your head how the conversation would go. If you don’t know how to answer any of these questions correctly, review the previous episodes in this unit for a quick practice. […] Read more

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2.22 – Review + Congratulations

Congratulations.  You have made it to the end of Unit 2 of the Live Lingua Spanish podcast, brought to you by LiveLingua.com.  In the past hour, you have learned how to: Reply when people ask where you are from Count from 1-10 in Spanish Talk about how long you have lived somewhere Let someone know […] Read more

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3.1 – Talking About Work & Family

Welcome to Unit 3! In this unit, you will learn how to: Talk about your family Explain what you do for work Ask people about their employment Say goodbye and end conversations If you want to read along with the text of these episodes, find additional practices exercise or get paired with a professional Spanish […] Read more

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3.2 – Conversation About Work & Family

This is a conversation between Mrs. Laura Ramirez & Michael Smith. They have just meet and are getting to know each other. Don’t worry if you don’t understand it yet, as we’ll be breaking it down and practicing it throughout this unit. Let’s get started! ¡Empecemos! Laura Ramirez:  What do you do for a living? […] Read more

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3.3 – Work & Family Language and Cultural Notes

In Latin America it is actually unusual for somebody to ask what you do when you first meet.  The first question you get is usually about your family — it will more likely be about whether you are married or have children. This is a cultural difference an you should not be offended if strangers […] Read more

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3.4 – Professions in Spanish

Let’s start by learning some basic professions in Spanish. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list and you may need to look up how to say your profession. Some can be pretty complicated! For example, I have to say “Ingeniero de sistemas” (which means systems engineer) — not the easiest thing to say, and […] Read more

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3.5 – Saying Your Profession In A Complete Sentence

If someone asks your profession, you could give a one-word answer as we did in the previous episode. But in general, it would sound more professional if you could actually speak in full sentences. In this episode, we’ll learn how to do that. After learning the word for a professional Spanish, say “Soy un” or […] Read more

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3.6 – Ask What You Do (Formal vs Informal)

When you ask somebody what they do for a living, there is a small variation on the way you ask the question depending on whether you are being formal or informal. It also varies depending on whether you are talking to an individual or to a group. For individuals you would say “A que se […] Read more

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3.7 – Do You Have Kids (Formal vs Informal)

  Like most circumstances in Spanish the way you ask a if somebody has children depends on the number of people you are speaking to and whether you are in a formal or informal setting.  For individuals in a formal setting, you would ask “¿Tiene hijos?”  In an informal setting, you would say “¿Tienes hijos?”  […] Read more

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3.8 – Answer, How Many Children Do You Have?

  Here is how you would answer the question about whether you have children.   For this you will need to remember the numbers from 1-10 you learned in Episode 2.5 (or visit this blog article).  If you need to review just skip back to that episode before continuing. If you are by yourself and somebody […] Read more

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3.9 – Indicating The Genders of Your Children

Like in any language, you can answer that you do have kids — but you can also be more specific about what gender your children are. You can tell them whether you have a daughter, a son, or two daughters or two sons. The difference in Spanish is that if there is one male, it […] Read more

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3.10 – Bringing It All Together – Do You Have Children

Let’s bring together everything you’ve learned in this unit and answer the question, “Do you have children?” I’m going to say a phrase in Spanish, and I want you to say the Spanish equivalent. The first time through, I’ll say the phrase only in English, followed by a pause to say the answer in Spanish. […] Read more

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